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Actions that undermine Ukraine's territorial integrity must stop: UN chief

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

People who are trying to destabilize Ukraine and undermine its unity and territorial integrity have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to halt their activities. Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters on Monday afternoon after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors. He spoke as the crisis continued in Ukraine with one region in the eastern [...]

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Interactive hearing on indigenous issues to be held soon

Listen / John W. Ashe. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

An interactive hearing on issues affecting indigenous peoples around the world is to be held soon at the United Nations in preparation for a major conference later this year. The announcement was made by the President of the General Assembly, John Ashe at the start of this year's session of the UN Permanent Forum on [...]

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Counselling support pledged to abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Listen / The search for the abducted girls continues in Nigeria

Counselling support has been pledged by the United Nations to the Nigerian girls who have been kidnapped in the north of the West African country. The search is continuing for more than 230 schoolgirls who were abducted by the outlawed Boko Haram militant group almost one month ago. The Head of the UN Office for [...]

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One person dies of alcohol-related illness every ten seconds: WHO

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One person dies of alcohol related conditions every ten seconds, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency on Monday launched its "Global status report on alcohol and health 2014". The report highlights the need for governments to develop policies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, to raise awareness about the problem and [...]

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First female Force Commander of UN peacekeeping mission appointed

Listen / Kristin Lund, first female Force Commander

The UN Secretary-General has said a "glass ceiling" has been broken with the appointment of a Norwegian general as the first female Force Commander of a United Nations peacekeeping Mission. Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Major-General Kristin Lund to lead the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) on Monday. Secretary-General Ban said that in [...]

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Latin America and the Caribbean prioritize family farming

Listen / Farming for development in Haiti.  UN Photo/Viesti

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are adopting public policies to support family farming which is seen as "essential for food security and rural welfare in the region", according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Latin America and the Caribbean is the region which has made the greatest advances in the fight [...]

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Central Africa needs ongoing international support: UN envoy

Listen / Abou Moussa, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The Central African sub-region remains fragile and needs ongoing support from the international community. That's what Ambassador Abbou Moussa, the outgoing head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) told the Security Council on Monday. In his last briefing to the Council, he said leaders of the Economic Community of Central African States [...]

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Hard-to-access towns in Syria's rural Aleppo get relief aid

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Six hard-to-access towns in north-western rural Aleppo in Syria have received life saving supplies, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). On Thursday and Friday last week, UN agencies and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reached the people in need in the towns that have been besieged for more than a year and a half. [...]

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Syrians in rural Aleppo "eking out" existence

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Syrians living in rural Aleppo are "eking out" an existence, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), as the civil war in the country continues. Over a hundred thousand people have been killed and millions are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the ongoing conflict between government and rebel forces. The people [...]

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Agreement to end South Sudan crisis yet to be put into action

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with South Sudan President Salva Kiir.  (video capture)

Commitments to end the conflict in South Sudan should immediately be put into action, according to the United Nations Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon welcomed the signing on Friday of an agreement between the two opposing sides in the crisis. However, less than 48 hours after the agreement, fighting has been reported in the town of Bentiu, [...]

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"Vigorous" research into wildlife crime to be launched by UN

Listen / Yury Fedotov. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

A "vigorous research and analysis effort" on wildlife crime is to be launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The announcement was made by the head of UNODC, Yury Fedotov in his opening remarks to the 23rd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on Monday. About 800 [...]

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Central African Republic needs peacekeepers, says UN envoy

Listen / Officers of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) UN Photo/Olivia Grey Pritchard

The void left by the withdrawal of Chadian peacekeepers from the Central African Republic should be quickly filled. That's according to the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, who was speaking during her visit to the country over the weekend. Chad completed the withdrawal of its contingent of African Union troops [...]

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Indigenous people gather at United Nations to discuss good governance

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Indigenous people from around the world are gathering at the United Nations on Monday to discuss the role of good governance and other issues. The annual two-week meeting brings together leaders of indigenous groups from every corner of the planet. It's one of the most colourful events on the UN calendar with many people addressing [...]

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Equal rights and opportunities needed for children with disabilities

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Barriers preventing children with disabilities from an education need to be removed, according to the United Nations education and cultural organization (UNESCO). The organization estimates that 93 million children across the world live with some form of disability. A "Global Action Week" organized by the Global Campaign for Education, a civil society movement dedicated to [...]

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